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Nearly 1.5 million vaccinated in cross-border program in hopes of reopening Mexico-US land border

Mexico City, Mexico — As of Tuesday, the US-Mexico cross-border vaccination program for Nogales and Agua Prieta concluded with more than 199,000 people being vaccinated. During a press conference, the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez Velázquez made the announcement saying the most recent program was held in 12 border municipalities.

During that program, 199,304 vaccines were administered, achieving 70 percent of their target goal.

“The vaccination was done at 70 percent of the goal of the target population of the 12 municipalities and to say that these nearly 200 thousand are added to the more than 1.2 million doses that were applied in the six border municipalities of Baja California,” she said.

She added that on July 8, the cross-border vaccination program will continue in the border municipalities of Chihuahua.

The objective of the cross-border vaccine program is to reopen both borders to economic activity.

The Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, explained that he is already in talks with the United States Department of Homeland Security to promote reactivation on the northern border.

“A working group was formed and we hope that the senators will support this initiative by Mexico because the impact, as the president pointed out, has been very great…Tijuana and San Diego have the same level of vaccinations, so what would be the reason for maintaining or unnecessarily prolonging this restriction on activities? We are waiting for the answer,” he said.